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The Language of Mindfulness - A Podcast on Conscious Communication by Brett Hill

The Language of Mindfulness - A Podcast on Conscious Communication by Brett Hill

By Brett Hill, Somatic Mindfulness and Communications Coach, Speaker, Author

Connect authentically, listen deeply, speak truly. What does the world need more than this?
This podcast goes deep with talks and interviews that matter on how we can be more real, present, and engaged with ourselves and our world. Every episode has practical tips you can apply right away. It's not the words, but what goes on between us. Inspiration, insights, and interviews by Brett Hill, mindful communications coach, author, speaker, and certified organizational mindfulness instructor.
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Episode 23 - Empathy, Boxing, and the Incredible Kristin Moody

The Language of Mindfulness - A Podcast on Conscious Communication by Brett HillJul 30, 2021

#41 - An Interview with Chuck Schad -
Apr 18, 202239:03
#40 - The Truth of You

#40 - The Truth of You

In this episode, you'll hear why I've missed a few weeks co-producing The Future is Mindful conference. But more importantly, there is an exceptionally important message in this about why the world needs more of who you truly are in it, and a bit about how to express that. Seriously, the message here is about how to make your life, and the life of those around you better. And I'm not messing around here as I know a lot of you have a hard time, a really hard time. I talk about how you could help your moment-to-moment experience be not as bad by letting yourself experience whatever goodness there is in your world, and I believe there are a lot of simple moments we can give ourselves if we just would. After all, what is your day but a collection of moments? By adding some great moments to your day, on purpose, you improve your day, directly, simply easily. By improving your days you improve your week, your month, your life - and by extension, the lives of those around you.  This is simple, but hard - and is, I truly believe, the most important skill we can learn. And in this episode, I talk about how it seems like we could be reaching a critical mass of people who are demanding more from the workplaces than just a ping pint table and snacks. That we are reaching a turning point where people are simply going to expect and even require the culture to be kinder, more inclusive, and less toxic. That is what we need as species and as individuals to thrive and nothing less will do. Best to you. Brett Hill.

Apr 11, 202201:02:58
#39 - The Future is Mindful, The Time is Now

#39 - The Future is Mindful, The Time is Now

There is a lot happening these days in the world of "organizational mindfulness." In this episode, you'll hear the story of how I came to be a co-founder of a virtual conference called The Future is Mindful, happening March 29th and 30th 2022. This is an incredibly important conversation on how businesses are in response to the "the great resignation",  businesses are urgently trying to shapeshift to become more human-centered organizations. I know a lot of people are skeptical, but this is happening folk. Listen in to hear about. Sign up for free registration. 

Feb 26, 202241:52
#38 - Saving the planet with Short Mindfulness! A great interview with Mark Leonard
Feb 04, 202257:18
Episode 37 - The Power of Connected Conversation

Episode 37 - The Power of Connected Conversation

Most people have not spent much time The Language of Mindfulness Podcast 

Episode 36 - The Power of Connected Conversationthinking about what they are connected to during a conversation. Are you worried about what to say next? Thinking about how you want to be acknowledged or accepted as a friend? Afraid of disappointing them? If so, then what you are connected to will show up in your conversation and you will miss opportunities to connect authentically, which is your best chance of having things go well. In this episode, I give some examples, tips, and scenarios that can really be helpful in how to get past focusing on yourself and let yourself "create space" to be present fully with someone else. It really makes a huge difference in the quality of your relationships and the outcomes of your conversations. 

Jan 07, 202231:17
#36 - Listening Has Consequences

#36 - Listening Has Consequences

"Listening has consequences." When I read that phrase in a speech delivered by the famous psychologist Carl Rogers on Interpersonal Communications, I knew I had to talk about this. There is a lot of goodness in that speech and in this episode, you'll hear a few of the gems including "can I hear the sounds and sense the shape of this other person's inner world" and "beyond the immediate message of the person, no matter what that might be, there is the universal." This is master class stuff. I hope you enjoy it.

Dec 22, 202129:31
#35 - Billy Lahr is in a Mindful Midlife Crises
Dec 14, 202139:51
Episode #34 - Stress, Anxiety, Cheesecake, and Mindfulness

Episode #34 - Stress, Anxiety, Cheesecake, and Mindfulness

Modern life creates a lot of anxiety and stress. Mindfulness helps us re-connect to the beauty that's right in front of you. Your problems don't disappear, they just get smaller because you get bigger. You become aware that it's not productive or healthy to be focused 24/7 on what happened yesterday, last year, or earlier in your life - or forward-facing into what calamities may await you the next hour, day, or decade. Sure, you need to plan effectively and respond objectively, but that's no excuse for being in a self-created hurricane every day, all day, and wondering why you're so stressed out. I'll talk about getting present with you in the moment experience as a way to disempower the past or future from taking you away from the beauty of now. You may not see it right away, the dust has to settle first. 

Oh yeah, and you'll hear about "the cheesecake that cannot be named." ;)

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I'm happy to help you learn how to use mindfulness to be calmer, happier, and more whole. Reach out on my website at 

Stay Present

Brett Hill

Mindful Communications Coach

Dec 06, 202145:15
#33 - Keith Fiveson - Author of The Mindfulness Experience

#33 - Keith Fiveson - Author of The Mindfulness Experience

When I first met Keith, it was like I had found a kindred spirit. He's been practicing mindfulness for a long while and came about his wisdom through the heat of adversity, the way most real wisdom is forged. Keith has put his commitment and focus into helping business professionals be better people, and thereby, better at business. And because what he's learned is very practical and applicable to our lives, he wrote the book, The Mindfulness Experience, providing a roadmap to becoming more mindful in a way that is effective, practical, and accessible. That is no small task. In this episode, you'll hear Keith talk about his journey and some of the lessons he's learned along the way. "Change your story, change your life."

Keith W Fiveson is a sixty-five-year-old Army Veteran, early internet pioneer, turned yogi, executive life coach. He has studied life in all its challenges. For the past thirty years, his mission has been to help individuals and organizations become more conscious, awake, and alive to life and all its opportunities. His recent book, “The Mindfulness Experience 8 Strategies to Live Life Now“ distills the wisdom of the ages into a pragmatic plan to live in the present. Anyone can be a survivor, but to be a thriver you need to build a life of presence, to be aware of every sacred moment of truth, so you can overcome challenges and adversity. Keith has had cancer twice, a heart condition, a broken home, challenging relationships, and a childhood family life that was dysfunctional and abusive.

Keith has traveled extensively, working, and studying, in over forty-five countries worldwide. He is a certified life coach, Thai yoga therapist, and meditation teacher. He has practiced and studied Eastern and Western mindfulness/meditation for over twenty-five years. He started to cultivate his practice over thirty years ago, using his army training to balance a very hectic corporate career. He has extensive experience in the corporate world, working under extreme pressure and stress with incredible people and companies.

Keith is an alumnus of Price Waterhouse Coopers and the founder of IT Enabled Services Alliance, Inc., a global consulting firm. He has held executive positions at British Telecom, AT&T, and MCI Telecommunications, later to become Verizon Business. Back in the early days of the internet, he helped develop cloud-based solutions for Best Buy, CUNA, Apple, McGraw-Hill, Time Warner, Autism Speaks, General Electric, Citibank, and Merrill Lynch, among others.

He lives in Port Washington, NY, and he works actively in several communities. He coaches several high-functioning executives and individuals who wish to live their best life now, with balance, in an unbalanced world.

You can find out more about him at

Nov 23, 202137:56
#32 - This is about you

#32 - This is about you

This episode is my heartfelt effort to ring a particular bell. The one that rings when something is important and urgent and needs your attention. A call to action. This week, it has come into high-resolution focus for me that mindful communications has the capacity to recast your life into a much more satisfying, connected, engaged, resilient, and calmer moment-to-moment life. And more. To live a life connected to the beauty and presence between us and the vast common ground of human experience. It has the power to build bridges made of the fabric of presence where none other can be built. What would your life be like, what would the world be like if we could all be more mindful and somewhat skillful in connecting authentically and communicating about what matters to us? To be heard, be seen, and have the capacity to be present for others. How would that change the choices we make as individuals and as a society?  This is the promise of mindfulness plus communication skills. But even with that kind of potential, how much effort goes into learning how to use this instrument? The instrument of our brains, our neurology, our voice, our hearts. How and we tune and play that instrument to create something other than cacophony? If we can't communicate well how can hope to address the big issues of our time such as racial issues, intensity about political differences, and poverty - much less manage a pandemic.  Pretty much zero goes into these skills on a day-to-day basis in our culture. If we are going to thrive, and some might argue, survive,  personally and culturally. That has to change. 

Nov 16, 202133:31
#31 - Mindfulness Coach Kristen Manieri: Waking Up to Your Potential

#31 - Mindfulness Coach Kristen Manieri: Waking Up to Your Potential

Just listen to the tone of her voice, pacing, and choice of language - you can literally hear her connection to presence. 

Kristen Manieri, host of the 60 minutes podcast, mindfulness life coach, author, and teacher - now, THAT is a teacher. Check it out.

In this conversation, we talk about how she realized she was not living the life she was meant for and made a big shift. After doing the hard work of creating a connection to her authentic self, she now leads workshops, coaches, writes and helps others find their way to who they were meant to be. There's actionable intel in this episode. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Check out her website for links to her free workshops and offerings.

Nov 04, 202138:15
#30 - Clarifying Eckhart Tolle - Acceptance Does Not Mean Approval

#30 - Clarifying Eckhart Tolle - Acceptance Does Not Mean Approval

Oct 26, 202129:13
#29 - Aaron Huey - Mindfully Parenting At Risk Teens
Oct 17, 202150:33
28 - The Difficult Monk, Sam Thiara

28 - The Difficult Monk, Sam Thiara

"Everyone’s life is an autobiography…make yours worth reading"

Meet the incredibly talented Sam Thiara. In this conversation, you'll hear how he has managed to transform himself from a person who is focused on achieving success to someone who inspires others through his storytelling, guidance, and insights into human nature. That transformation occurred, "the moment I stopped thinking about what I'm doing, and focused on who I am." And that my friends, is the Langauge of Mindfulness.

Sam is not an actual monk, but his clients treat him as a sage. In this conversation, he relates how he's a "difficult monk" because he doesn't tell his clients the answers to life problems, but rather helps them explore who they are, so they arrive at answers themselves. 

Sam Thiara is a professional who has created a personal journey as a speaker, storyteller, writer, educator, mentor, coach, entrepreneur, problem solver, and community activator.

His goal is to engage individuals in their personal and professional development, work with teams and organizations on alignment and the 45+ non-profits that he has worked with over the years. Presently, he teaches at the Beedie School of business, at Simon Fraser University and is also the Founder and Chief Motivating Officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting, a platform that engages his audience to define their path. A key element is transformational practices where he has become an expert in career coaching (15-40 year old’s) with over 5,000 conversations to date and supporting teams and organizations. He has authored two books, one on storytelling and the other a travel memoir about his journey to India to find his ancestral roots with a faded photograph. He has also spoken at two different TEDx conferences.

You can find his work and connect with Sam at:
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If you'd like to get started on a Mindfulness practice, check out this free guided meditation template and FAQ.

Interested in learning more about how you can be more resilient and live from a place of "embodied authority" in your life? Schedule a free session with Brett to explore working together. It's affordable and the results are guaranteed. 

Oct 06, 202139:58
#27 - A Chat With Jonathan Reynolds, Founder Mindful Life, Mindful Work, Inc.

#27 - A Chat With Jonathan Reynolds, Founder Mindful Life, Mindful Work, Inc.

In this episode of The Langage of Mindfulness podcast, you'll hear the story of how Mindful Life, Mindful Work Inc. (MLMW) evolved to be a successful organization helping companies to learn and adopt mindfulness. Jonathan tells how he got started on a path to mindfulness and how that grew into a practice of teaching mindfulness to individuals, then evolved to organizations. We discuss the challenges encountered along the way, how he goes about determining what a company needs, and his personal approach to growing his practice and organization.

You can learn more about Jonathan and MLMW at Follow them on Linked-In as well

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Stay Present!

Sep 28, 202149:43
26 - A Conversation with Lodro Rinzler - author of Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times
Sep 13, 202136:52
#25 - The Tyranny of Meaning
Sep 06, 202146:34
Episode 24 - You are not your story
Aug 17, 202132:33
Episode 23 - Empathy, Boxing, and the Incredible Kristin Moody
Jul 30, 202140:10
22 - Career ProSkills plus Mindfulness FTW - An Interview with Don Jones

22 - Career ProSkills plus Mindfulness FTW - An Interview with Don Jones

Meet the ineffable Don Jones, a legend in the field of technology who is also a fantasy fiction writer. Why is he on the Language of Mindfulness? Aside from being a great guy, after decades of success in IT, he is starting a venture that helps people, anyone actually, but with a special emphasis on IT, to learn and use the skills needed to have a successful career. Don fully embraces the principle that you need more than professional skills to be successful in the business world these days. Skills that you need include emotional intelligence, mindfulness, group dynamics, and it wouldn't hurt to learn some public speaking as well. He's offering support for these and others through his membership non-profit, The Ampere Club. 

In this episode, Don and I talk about how "soft skills", including mindfulness are essential in today's workplace to help you stand out and succeed. 

Jul 13, 202147:01
21 - Don't Judge Me!

21 - Don't Judge Me!

Judgement is a natural thing and we need it to simply function, but when and how does it get in the way of seeing people clearly? What can we mindfully do about that? How do you practice being non-judgmental? In this episode, I talk about the difficult problem of judgment and how to practice being less judgemental, one of the pillars of mindfulness.

Jul 04, 202120:43
20 - Can Mindfulness Meditation Be Harmful?
Jun 17, 202126:42
19 - The Power of Listening in Context

19 - The Power of Listening in Context

There are few skills more useful than skilled listening. In this episode, I explain a technique that has been immensely helpful in my personal and professional life.  This can help you defuse conversations that are about to blow, cool down temperatures when the lid is already off, and connect authentically to people in a deeper way in your personal and professional life. Check it out!

Jun 04, 202113:37
18 - Mindfulness and Educator Resilience with Megan Sweet
May 26, 202128:20
17 - A Powerful Guided Meditation - Re-Sourcing Yourself

17 - A Powerful Guided Meditation - Re-Sourcing Yourself

In the episode, I provide a guided meditation that helps you access a very powerful resource - your own wisdom and knowledge. We all have had rich lives in many dimensions. Victories and celebrations. Losses and disappointments. A LIFETIME of learning. How much of this knowledge, from your own direct experience - do you bring into the moments of your life? This meditation helps you access your own depth of experience and wisdom that can only be earned through direct experience - and bring that knowledge and experience forward into now. From this place, you then look out of the landscape of your life and engage from an enriched, resourced, informed place. Use this technique to help you feel more resourced, connected, and resilient. If you want help with this or other techniques and practices of this sort, schedule a free getting acquainted session with me at

May 20, 202136:11
16 - Interview with the brilliant Claire Parsons of Brilliant Legal Mind

16 - Interview with the brilliant Claire Parsons of Brilliant Legal Mind

In this episode, I talk with the brilliant Claire Parsons of Brilliant Legal Mind (​). You'll hear how the stress of motherhood drove her to try meditation to help her manage. Then she explored mindfulness and the benefits were so great, she went all in. Now, she's a leader in organizing, advocating, and teaching mindfulness and meditation in the legal profession.

She says "When we use the term “brilliant” we often mean “smart,” or “talented” or “insightful.” But the term has other meanings too. It can also refer to a very bright light or the clarity and cut of a diamond. Mindfulness practices have helped me keep my mind clear, sharp, and bright so I can better serve my clients and community."

You can find here at the website already listed, on Twitter @brillantlegalmind, and her great content on linked in at

You can watch the interview on youtube as well!

May 10, 202130:05
15 - Say That You Care

15 - Say That You Care

In this episode you'll hear a story about how learned an important lesson: if you want people to hear you, let them know you care before you tell them what you know.  This is a very powerful way to help you connect with people you may not know very well, and yet be heard when you have something to say that might be sensitive to hear. To use this technique, you need to be mindful first! (To get started with a mindfulness practice, see  People have good radar for those who are just giving advice to elevate themselves vs legit trying to be helpful from a caring place. So, when you feel the urge to offer advice, insight, or reflection - take a break and connect to why you want to. Then, if it's real, express your caring first. It matters. It changes the conversation and helps you have better, closer connections. 

May 03, 202117:05
14 - The Importance of Moving Past Your Story with Nick Pags

14 - The Importance of Moving Past Your Story with Nick Pags

Nick and I have a great time in this conversation, which you can also see on youtube . He explains how he moved into being a mindset coach by getting real with what he had to offer and getting over his own judgments that were holding him back. He now helps people get past their own stories to help them step into expressing their authentic lives and living fuller, more meaningful lives.

After 11 years as a leader in the fitness industry and owning a gym in NYC, Nick Pags stepped out of the fitness scene and shifted his attention to coaching the mindset of high performers. Even the most elite understand they have the capacity to evolve. Nick's incredible ability to unlock human potential through live coaching is unmatched. This past year he created his signature 8-week group mindset coaching experience, Project Limitless. After a life-altering move from NY to Brazil in the middle of the pandemic, Nick continues to exemplify what it means to live a limitless life. His gift is his ability to guide people to find the clarity they are looking for within themselves, consequently empowering them to create the life of their dreams. Nick has continued to virtually speak all over the world, inspiring and motivating people to thrive through the challenges of COVID-19.


Link to application to work with Nick -

Apr 26, 202138:54
13 - Mindfulness and Public Speaking with your Authentic Voice
Apr 26, 202139:37
12- A Guided Beginning Mindfulness Meditation (As a Blueprint)
Apr 04, 202112:21
#11 - How to Start A Mindfulness Meditation Practice
Apr 02, 202113:41
Episode 10 - How Mindfulness and Creativity Heals - with Jeff Leisawitz
Mar 23, 202128:03
The Awesome Language of Mindfulness Podcast Trailer

The Awesome Language of Mindfulness Podcast Trailer

Introduction to the Language of Mindfulness Podcast

Mar 18, 202101:17
Episode 9 - Triggered? How Mindfulness Can Help.
Mar 09, 202122:34
Episode 8 - How to Be More Accessible and Authoritative at the Same Time

Episode 8 - How to Be More Accessible and Authoritative at the Same Time

Most people are not very good at "The Language of Now", which is speaking about your somatic, in-the-moment experience. Yet learning how to express your actual experience is both liberating and powerful. This gives you the opportunity to inhabit your words and imbue them with authentic meaning.  In this way, people will often experience you as more accessible and also more authoritative at the same time. This is the power of the Language of Mindfulness. Check it out. 

Mar 04, 202115:32
Episode 7 - Creating Freedom

Episode 7 - Creating Freedom

“Between stimulus and response, there is space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
– Victor Frankl, Austrian Neurologist and Holocaust Survivor

Mindfulness in conversation is a creative act, not a passive event. When you are mindful in conversation, you have the opportunity to choose a considered response. You literally create the opportunity to have a choice. And isn't freedom all about having choices? There are two actionable techniques in this podcast that can give you choices and make a huge difference when mindfully applied to your conversations. Check it out!

Check it out!

Feb 20, 202113:28
Episode 6 - The Power of Wow! - Mindfulness without Meditation
Jan 31, 202114:30
Episode 5 - The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations with Kern Beare

Episode 5 - The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations with Kern Beare

"How do we be the people we need to be to have the conversations we need to have." - Kern Beare

This is an amazing story told first hand by our guest Kern Beare (pronounced 'Berry'), who, in coming to grips with Trump's election, decided he was out of touch with some new, unknown reality in America. In a dramatic leap of faith, he and his son packed up and headed out on a month long road trip across the country. The purpose? To have conversations with people on the opposite end of his political beliefs. Listen in to hear the incredible story of what he discovered and how it resulted in a book and workshop that has touched thousands. 

To help others learn what he learned from this journey, he created a book and workshop - "Difficult Conversations"   The workshop is free. That's right free. Who does that? I can personally recommend the book as easy to read, inspiring, clear, and backed with neuroscience references on why we get triggered and how to create authentic connection with people holding divergent views. 

His mission to help us connect, person-to-person and heart-to-heart, is more than just another workshop you can take - it provides a worthy model that can make a real difference, and we don't have a lot of those right now. And surely, we need them. Timely. Powerful. Field-Tested, Relevant. And free. That's pretty compelling. 

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Jan 13, 202137:36
Episode 4 - Why Mindfulness in Communications is a required college class at NHTI - with Dan Huston

Episode 4 - Why Mindfulness in Communications is a required college class at NHTI - with Dan Huston

In this episode, you'll hear from Dan Huston who created and teaches the college class on Mindful Communications at NHTI.  Over time, the faculty noted that Dan's students stood out in their classes as more engaged, better communicators, and simply better students!  They wanted to know why, so he trained the faculty as well.  As the staff experienced the benefits of mindfulness first hand, they began to include mindfulness content in their own courses and recommend Dan’s class, leading to expanding the mindfulness curriculum and creating a mindful communication certificate.  It's even a required course for some degree programs including IT!

You'll hear how he got started on the path to mindfulness and how the entire program and textbook grew over time to become the success it is.

Interested in contacting Dan?  You can reach him at

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Dec 28, 202035:30
Episode 3 - The Power of Listening Behind the Story
Dec 22, 202014:59
Episode 2 - Reclaiming Your Authentic Voice with Tucker Stine

Episode 2 - Reclaiming Your Authentic Voice with Tucker Stine

Talking Heads, the spirit in exile, and finding your authentic voice are part of this episode where you'll hear from personal brand architect, speaker development guru, and all-around great guy TUCKER STINE  -   who said:

"Have you ever woken up and thought to yourself that you’re living someone else’s story? At the age of 40, I had an epiphany, well you could say a crisis of sorts. If I wanted to impact people the way I always imagined, help others, and find authentic happiness, I had to do one thing. At that moment, the only thing I had to change was everything.”

From that moment he pivoted to help people turn their stories into powerful messages that inspire and motivate others. His clients have been featured on TED, Goalcast, Upworthy, The Today Show, the Sundance Film Festival, and hundreds of podcasts.

Tucker was one of the first people I worked with in crafting the ideas and messaging behind the Language of Mindfulness TEDx talk and in fact was the person to say the words "language of mindfulness"  to me which inspired the podcast, book, TEDx talk, and coaching practice. That's what he does. Connect people to their passion, and mindfulness is a big part of that. 

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You can hear more from Tucker with this recording from his presentation at the Women in Cloud conference at Microsoft, in Jan 2020.  
Tucker Stine | Creating a Story that Sticks: Narrative Solutions · SlidesLive

Dec 10, 202030:55
The Language of Mindfulness - Premier Episode
Dec 01, 202013:11